Religion: Carping Over The Catechism

Americans criticize a Vatican text on church teachings

Not since 1566 has the Roman Catholic hierarchy attempted such a project: the summarizing of the church's central teachings on faith and morals in a single document. Four years in the making, a secret 434-page draft of the new Catechism for the Universal Church was sent last December to the world's 4,000 bishops. The prelates were instructed to dispatch their comments on the text to the Vatican by May 31, after which work will begin on the final version. Since then there has been widespread grumbling over both the document's old- fashioned conservatism and the rush-rush deadline for responding to it....

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